Welcome to the This is Money show on Share Radio. From major supermarkets to micro-entrepreneurs we’ll be focusing on businesses big and small. Growing competition, inflation and a weak pound are all spelling problems for the retail sector whilst plans to scrap tax breaks threaten small businesses with bigger bills. Running through the various other issues from 4G to the strength of the high street Georgie Frost is joined by Editor Simon Lambert and Consumer Affairs Editor Lee Boyce. Plus how the new, forgery proof pound coin might not prove as secure as hoped.
Share Radio's Tom Hill meets Ricky Kothari, a former management consultant who created T-Sticks. The one serving packaging sticks double as stirrers as well as tea bags and have been sold around the world, even being sampled by former Prime Minister David Cameron.
Share Radio's Sara Macham meets Deepak Ohri who's won eight entrepreneur and innovation awards since setting up his hotel group, lebua, in 2003. The company has grown from one restaurant in Bangkok to seven hotels and lodges in India, New Zealand and Thailand and is now expanding into Europe.
This week look at the lack of female entrepreneurs. The number has fallen for the third year in a row and according to Natwest, it's costing the UK economy £1 billion a year. But, plenty of women do start and run their own business. So what is going on? Georgie Frost was joined by Lindsay Loxley, the MD of the Women in Business Network, Helene Martin Gee, president of the Pink Shoe Club, Julie Baker, NatWest's head of enterprise for business banking and Melanie Lawson, an entrepreneur and founder of Bare Biology.
Lindsay Loxley, Helene Martin Gee, Julie Baker, Melanie Lawson
If you want to earn a lot of money...you may want to think about a career in tech! Forbes' billionaire list is out for 2017.183 of the list are from the industry - up 23 on the previous year - with 3 of the top 5 being CEOs of tech companies. They have a combined $1 trillion net worth.
To go through the list Georgie Frost was joined by Mary-Ann Russon, Senior Technology Reporter with the International Business Times UK.
What does it take to start up your own business? Guts determination and lots of energy. In the business world, some of the stories are truly inspirational. And in Cheryl Spain's case, it's no different. Back in 2013 Cheryl was a single parent with one dream - to create and run her own fitness studios. No money; very little and now she runs Fitness Fusions in a large building in Clapham. She joined Georgie in the studio to tell her story.